Labour commits to child poverty targets

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Dec 13, 2016 Comments Off on Labour commits to child poverty targets Barbara Ward

Data released today shows why we must urgently commit to reducing child poverty numbers, says Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.

The 2016 Child Poverty Monitor shows that there are 295,000 children living in poverty and 155,000 in “material hardship”. It also shows that inequality overall has risen from 2008 to 2015.

“Labour has signed up to the Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft’s target to reduce material hardship by 5-10% in the next year, a target that has been rejected by the government.

“But we can do much more than that.

“Labour agrees with the UN Sustainable Development goal to cut poverty by half by 2030. Ultimately, the aim should be to end child poverty in New Zealand.

“Andrew Little’s Healthy Homes Bill will ensure all rentals are warm, dry, and healthy, which will make a huge difference to children in poverty. Labour member’s Bill on child poverty will set targets across education, health and housing to reduce the impact of poverty too. National should drop its opposition to these commonsense policies.

“We have the potential to make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child. That means making sure families have the housing, resources, and financial security they need to give their children a great start in life.

“It’s time to adopt bold targets to do just that,” says Jacinda Ardern.

13th December 2016 Media Statement